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Topic # 148733 29-Jun-2014 11:30
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I have a dilemma,being currently in a position to change mobile providers and weighing up options.

Although Vodafone have been my provider for the past 15 years, I'm considering changing to Telecom - solely on the basis of network coverage.

Family have recently purchased land on Wilson Road, Wayby Valley, just south of Wellsford. Having recently visited, there is nil Vodafone coverage, and phone reflects 'no service'. Other family members with Telecom mobiles have full coverage.

Upon visiting a Telecom store, the representatives appeared very confident that Telecom have far superior coverage in most remote locations. 

My dilemma as a previously loyal Vodafone customer, also being able to take advantage of their new $5 per day roaming offer, while reluctant to move to Telecom I know that I will be spending a considerable amount of time at a location which has no Vodafone coverage, and this certainly outweighs the odd times when I travel.

Questions - Is there anyway to check if there are any planned coverage improvements in the short term with Vodafone in this location? Can I be on Vodafone and roam on the Telecom network? Unfortunately I can't justify a Vodafone Sure Signal device, given I am the only family member on Vodafone (others changed sometime back to Telecom due to coverage issues)

I've also considered staying on Vodafone and picking up a Telecom prepaid sim. As I am on Voda plan with unlimited minutes, I've considered forwarding calls, but realise this won't solve my issue for text messages and data which I also rely on.

Any advice is appreciated. Thanks

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  Reply # 1076453 29-Jun-2014 11:38
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What handset are you using and does it support 3G on 900Mhz? There is planned network upgrades in the area under RBI in the future map does advise in the next 12 months but I suspect sooner

I will check planned work and get back to you



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  Reply # 1076454 29-Jun-2014 11:39
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Hi John, Its a iPhone5S, i'd be happy to change handsets if that makes any difference? Even happy to detract to a Samsung S5.

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  Reply # 1076456 29-Jun-2014 11:42
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gmball: Hi John, Its a iPhone5S, i'd be happy to change handsets if that makes any difference? Even happy to detract to a Samsung S5.


Edited my post above added further INFO but Sure Signal works very well if you want to trial a unit I can lend you one but fixed line broadband needs to be on Vodafone

iPhone 5S is fine and supports 3G 900Mhz

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  Reply # 1076504 29-Jun-2014 12:58
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We have a number of staff who work in remote areas including north of Auckland. Unfortunately it is our experience despite being Vodafone customers that Telecom in many rural parts of the country have better coverage. It was enough of a difference that we offered staff the choice to switch to Telecom, and most have now done that. I am sure the opposite is also the case in some areas, but just ask the locals, they will soon tell you if it is Vodafone or Telecom country. No point having a service that you can't use where you work and play, no matter what the deal




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  Reply # 1076516 29-Jun-2014 13:34
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Go to the Buy/Sell section and say WTB: Vodafone Sure Signal and i bet you at least 3 people will offer one under $80.




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Reply # 1076588 29-Jun-2014 16:29
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TimA: Go to the Buy/Sell section and say WTB: Vodafone Sure Signal and i bet you at least 3 people will offer one under $80.


Thanks for the suggestion of a Vodafone Sure Signal. Unfortunately, although I will be spending time with family in a location which has no Vodafone coverage, I don't live there. They also don't have broadband internet. I can't justify remaining with Vodafone for my mobile if it means getting broadband internet with Vodafone and a Sure Signal device just to service my needs for the odd days when I visit. 

Not all is lost however, & I am considering a Telecom prepaid sim which I can forward calls to when I am in the non Vodafone coverage area, as this allows me to continue to receive calls and I can continue to take advantage of Vodafone's superior roaming proposition. (plus being on a Red essentials plan with unlimited minutes means that I don't incur any charges for forwarded calls).

Thanks everyone for your advice.

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